Third time’s the charm?

Third time’s the charm?

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A ten-day layoff is at its wind-down and Destination Allen is in the minds of all the Lone Star Conference teams who qualified for the championship tournament and the match-up may be what the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas are looking for.
The Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas go into the tournament with the No. 7 seed and will get their third shot at the No. 2 ranked Tarleton State Texans Wednesday afternoon in the conference’s second game of the first grouping.
In the regular season the Javelinas had some success against the Texans despite dropping both meetings in conference play.
In the Dec. meeting the teams played down to the wire and it was the Texans who narrowly escaped Kingsville Hampton Inn court with the 72-70 win as the Hogs could not tip the ball into the basketball for a potential game-tying score.
The second meeting was another story as the Texans ousted the Hogs in Stephenville 63-52 at the beginning of the month.
Following that loss the Javelinas closed out the season winning four of their last six games and have found success bringing two of the teams top scorers, Robert Williams and Ashton Brown, off the bench following the emergence of Marshal Bonds III and West Oso freshman, Raymond Robinson
Robinson has move into the starting line-up while Bonds III has clogged up the lane for opponents and leads the team with 29 blocks on the year including six in a triple overtime game against Texas A&M Commerce.
The key for the Javelinas may be on defense and whether or not they can take advantage of fast break opportunities.
The Javelinas rank third in the conference in turnover margin (+1) and fourth in steals with 7.2 a game.
Meanwhile the Texans have had their turnover woes, as they are (-1) in the turnover margin and average almost 14 a game.
The Tournament kicks off at noon tomorrow and the Javelinas will tip-off at 2:30 p.m. at the Allen Athletic Center.